SEE YOU IN THE MORNING
One of Britain's most popular film critics and broadcasters, Barry Norman joins our first literary lunch of 2014 to talk about his memoir See You In The Morning, centred around his relationship with his beloved wife, Diana Narracott.
IAN HISLOP AND NICK NEWMAN
PRIVATE EYE: A CARTOON HISTORY
Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and longstanding Eye cartoonist Nick Newman will discuss 'five decades of classic comic art' and show their favourites on the Oldie projector. ‘From a sharp comment on politics to an insight into the human nature of relationships, the cartoon is a captured moment of laughter, a preserved comic fragment of delighted recognition across the unforgiving march of time... and a very good way to get into Pseuds’ Corner’ – Ian Hislop
BROKEN ROAD BY PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR
The long-awaited final volume of Leigh Fermor’s travel trilogy was incomplete when he died – Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron undertook the task of editing the journal. ‘It contains wonderful passages of purest Leigh Fermor’ – Jan Morris, Mail on Sunday
THE WAR THAT ENDED PEACE: HOW EUROPE ABANDONED PEACE FOR THE FIRST WORLD WAR
The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War
Why did Europe walk into a war during a period of sustained peace? Historian Margaret MacMillan’s new book explores the road to the catastrophic conflict which killed millions and shook economies and empires to pieces. ‘A masterful explanation’ – Amanda Foreman
HER BRILLIANT CAREER: TEN EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF THE FIFTIES
This collection of ‘brief lives’ covers ten of the Fifties’ most remarkable women, including Muriel and Betty Box from the film industry, the modernist architect Alison Smithson and cookery writer Patience Gray. ‘A glass-clinking celebration’ – The Guardian
JOHN JULIUS NORWICH
When John Julius was ten years old he was evacuated with his school, Westbury Manor, to escape the Blitz. Darling Monster is a collection of Lady Diana Cooper’s letters to her young son.
PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT
THE QUEEN OF FOUR KINGDOMS
Princess Michael of Kent will talk about her latest book, a novel based on the true story of Yolande of Aragon’s marriage to the Duke of Anjou, a marriage which formed an alliance between the warring kingdoms.
Rogues’ Gallery is a journey through the past half-century, charting the ups and downs of leading writers and actors, thinkers, entertainers, gurus, politicians and public non-conformists.
‘A jewel of a book, frequently hilarious and constantly surprising’ – The Mail on Sunday
DISRAELI OR THE TWO LIVES
Former Foreign Secretary Lord Hurd’s new book looks at Disraeli the man versus the politician. Disraeli was a gambler and a dandy but also a devoted servant and favourite Prime Minister of the Queen, a dichotomy which characterised his political career. ‘Gripping, succinct, lethal and always entertaining’ – Matthew Parris, The Times
THE MAN WHO DROPPED THE LE CRUSET ON HIS TOE AND OTHER BOURGEOIS MISHAPS
Christopher Matthew follows up the huge success of Now We Are Sixty with a collection of mordant, witty, cautionary verses about the British bourgeoisie and its foibles and failings.